Anthony Anderson discusses the Derek Chauvin trial verdict and how he's prepared his children for encounters with police.
ANTHONY ANDERSON: The police department wasn't on trial, a police officer was, for his abuse of power. And because of that, he's getting what he deserves.
When I heard the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict, I reacted with a sigh of relief. It's not justice because a man was murdered. A man was murdered in real time in front of us live for the world to see. A young girl is without her father, siblings are without their brother but we are holding him accountable for the actions that he did. And for that, I am happy.
Very seldom do we get victories, if I may use that word in this conversation. Victories for the family, victories for the community, and victories for the world at large. So we celebrating that but we also have to deal with the Breonna Taylors of the world, the Sandra Blands, all of the other names that we can list right now. One is too many, one name is too many. And there are hundreds that are out there that we are seeking justice for and accountability.
Justice was swift and fair, I believe, in this instance because of what we witnessed. It was hard for me to watch this trial just because of the footage of a man's life being snuffed out, being snatched away in front of us. I don't think the guilty verdict says much about the justice system. I think it says that people are tired of being sick and tired, and that they are not going to stand for it anymore. And when the evidence is what it is, we have to move accordingly and that's what the jurors did, and that's what the prosecution did.
I have had the talk with my children, my son in particular, but we actually did an episode of "Blackish" called The Talk. And that talk was about, when you're pulled over, or stopped, or questioned by the police, it is to be respectful to them, listen to what they have to say, and survive the encounter. And however disrespected you might have felt as a man, as a human being, as a person, we'll deal with that, we'll deal with that together.
But there's nothing that I can do for you with you laid out on the side of a road, in an alley, on a street someplace. It's unfortunate that we as African-Americans have to have the talk with our children when that conversation isn't being had in households outside of our communities. Survive the encounter, make it home, and then we will fight this together the proper way.